In the book The Artist's Way-one way to protect your inner child is to reframe the blurts or I call it embracing the blues. Everyone has experienced those comments that shake us to our core-"Who do they think they are." "What makes them so, special." Doubt seeps into our fertile minds and projects a feeling like a cautionary flashing yellow traffic light. We then become blocked, stagnant, in limbo, and afraid to take the next step on our journey.
One comment I often hear is:
"Do you really think you could be the next Martha Stewart?" Actually, I don't. I just want to authentically be me. I bought these flowers at the farmer's market and brought them home arranged them in my blue vase and shared them on my IG account: @ellasedge
Color Idioms started swimming in my head-bolt of blue, blue screen of death, blue in the face, once in a blue moon, out of the blue, blue ribbon, and true blue. When I thought about yellow-not many positive idioms appeared. Yellow seems to be aligned with lacking courage. Then I remembered a quote from a beloved poet:
"Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch."
Song titles started to come to mind-Mellow Yellow by Donovan, Good-bye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John, and Yellow by Coldplay. Oh, there are a ton of blue songs-Blue Eyes, Blue Bayou, Blue Suede Shoes, and more . The assignment is to turn negative blurts, barbs into affirmations. Spin those ego sucking words into positive cheer.
Sunflowers chase the light, follow the sun all day and we need to do the same. Focus on the light, not the shadows. Yes, observe the shade that is flung, but don't buy into it. It is just a thought balloon which floated into your world. Don't let those balloon-like thoughts deflate your mood or mindset.
"An affirmation is a strong, positive statement that something is already so."
Funny, as I thought about more color idioms, one song came to mind by Chicago:
Colour My World.
"Colour my world with hope of loving you"
..but it begins with loving yourself!